Canberra Raiders attempt to snap a two-match losing streak when they come up against the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday night.
Cowboys vs Raiders Tips, Preview & Predictions
North Queensland Cowboys vs Canberra Raiders free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Raiders have won their last three matches in Townsville, with two of those coming by 10 points or less…
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Cowboys vs Raiders Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Saturday April 24
⏰ Time: 7.30pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Queensland County Bank Stadium
Cowboys vs Raiders Head to Head (last five matches)
- 1/8/20: Cowboys 12-14 Raiders
- 25/5/19: Raiders 16-22 Cowboys
- 6/4/19: Cowboys 12-30 Raiders
- 14/7/18: Raiders 38-12 Cowboys
- 28/4/18: Cowboys 8-18 Raiders
Cowboys vs Raiders Preview and Prediction
Canberra are in desperate need of two points if they want to remain in immediate top four conversations when they head north to face the Cowboys on Saturday night.
It’s been a poor last fortnight for the Raiders – they’ve conceded 11 tries in 20 and 25 point defeats to the Panthers and Eels respectively, scoring just one try in the second half of those fixtures, which indicates they are tiring in the latter stages.
Penrith and Parramatta are two of the top premiership contenders, but Canberra want to be spoken about in the same sentence and they were comprehensively outplayed, with the Eels scoring their first win in the nation’s capital since 2006.
The Raiders head into this one as strong favourites, but they were short odds the last time they faced the Cowboys in Townsville in 2020 and only prevailed 14-12. The Green Machine will have to be on guard, especially with North Queensland having won back-to-back matches for the first time since Round 3 last season.
The Cowboys have defeated the Tigers and Bulldogs over the last fortnight – two of the weaker sides in the competition, but confidence-boosting victories nonetheless.
North Queensland scored 30+ points in both of those wins, but they also conceded 30 against the Tigers and 18 against a woeful Bulldogs attack that was reduced to 10 men. The Cowboys’ defence is a work in progress and I think we can expect a high-scoring game here as a result.
I’m willing to back the Cowboys with a 9.5 head start, but think the Raiders will tough this one out in a tight one. North Queensland still haven’t proven they have what it takes to beat a top eight side, while the Raiders are desperate. It shouldn’t be a blowout, but Canberra should just edge it.
Cowboys vs Raiders Teams
The Cowboys have named the same 17 that took care of the Bulldogs, with Jason Taumalolo still a week away from returning.
Josh Hodgson is out with a calf injury in a huge blow for the Raiders, replaced by Tom Starling at hooker, while Ryan James returns at prop. Corey Harawira-Naera and Corey Horsburgh also play their first games of the season.
Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Ben Hampton 8. Coen Hess 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Ben Condon 13. Lachlan Burr 14. Jake Granville 15. Mitchell Dunn 16. Francis Molo 17. Corey Jensen 18. Esan Marsters 19. Peter Hola 20. Jake Clifford 21. Tom Gilbert
Raiders: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Sebastian Kris 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Ryan James 9. Tom Starling 10. Emre Guler 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Siliva Havili 15. Corey Harawira-Naera 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Josh Papali’i 18. Matthew Timoko 19. Iosia Soliola 20. Matt Frawley 21. Joseph Tapine
Cowboys vs Raiders Stats
- Raiders have won four of the last five meetings between the teams
- Raiders have won their last three meetings in Townsville
- Two of those wins were by 1-12 margins
- Cowboys’ last four matches have seen 48 points or more
- Hudson Young has scored a try in six of his last nine games with Canberra as favourite
- Kyle Feldt has scored at least one try in 16 of his last 21 games in Townsville
- Raiders have won their last 11 games as an away favourite
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